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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 11, 2013

“True” jams.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 11, 2013…

Debuts:
40. KATY PERRY, “Roar”
39. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “On Top Of The World”
38. NEW POLITICS, “Harlem”

Biggest Mover:
MIKA featuring ARIANA GRANDE, “Popular Song” (39-27, twelve spots)

10. SARA BAREILLES, “Brave” (down 4)
Album: The Blessed Unrest (2013, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

09. FAMILY OF THE YEAR, “St. Croix” (up 1)
Album: Loma Vista (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

08. DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (down 3)
Album: Random Access Memories (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

07. PASSENGER, “Holes” (up 4)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

06. TRAIN featuring ASHLEY MONROE, “Bruises” (up 1)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Her Favorite Song” (down 3)
Album: Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. BASTILLE, “Pompeii” (up 4)
Album: Bad Blood (2014, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “What If” (up 1)
Album: Bookmarks (2013, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (up 1)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve weeks

01. P!NK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER, “True Love” (steady, second week)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (February 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Play that Punky music.

Doin’ it Daftly.

DAFT PUNK – “Give Life Back To Music” (February 4) (*)
Label: Columbia
They are, in fact, the champions, my friends. With five wins at the recent GRAMMY Awards, it’s no wonder that Columbia Records is issuing a third CHR single from the Album Of The Year, Random Access Memories. However,  without the aid of Pharrell Williams, does it stand a chance to live that chart “Life”? We’ll see.

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A perfect match and “Latch”.

DISCLOSURE featuring SAM SMITH – “Latch” (February 4) (*)
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
You may know Smith from his collaboration with Naughty Boy, “La La La”, which is taking off nicely on the CHR charts after a few adds dates. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence are behind EDM act Disclosure, who charted with this in the U.K. in 2012, reaching the #11 spot. It should be at least a minor hit at the format.

"Still Into" rocking out.

Girls just want to have “Fun”.

PARAMORE – “Ain’t It Fun” (February 4) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Roadrunner
After crashing the CHR top ten last year with their first song to do so, “Still Into You”, the Nashville trio goes to radio with this funky track with some lyrical edge. Don’t forget to check out the music video as well; the band tries to break ten world records in the clip. Let the vinyl smashing and screaming out of the car begin.

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Flyin’ like an eagle.

BIRDY – “Skinny Love” (February 11) (**)
Label: Atlantic
About three weeks ago, I wrote this post about this track‘s second run at U.S. radio, which is now hovering around the #40 position on the Alternative survey. Though the Bon Iver remake is now going on three years old, it’s still new to the audience here, and will likely found a nice home thanks to other softer releases as of late.

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A Rae of light at the end of the month.

HOT CHELLE RAE – “Don’t Say Goodnight” (February 25) (*)
Label: RCA
Here’s a band going from “Tonight Tonight” to “Goodnight”. If the lineup looks different, it’s because bassist Ian Keaggy left the group last year shortly after they released a single “Hung Up”, which attracted a little radio play. Now, with another single off their forthcoming album, the three guys are ready to party once again.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Don't call him Casper.

Don’t call him Casper.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH – “Ghost” (February 4) (**)
Label: Glassnote
The performer originally born in South Carolina has been recording independently since 2006, but his forthcoming Heart Murmurs album, due on Tuesday, will be his first for Glassnote Records. An album track, “Tourniquet”, was released for free in advance of the effort. I liked the sound of that and this single is also really solid.

Preachin' to the choir.

Preachin’ to the choir.

PANIC! AT THE DISCO – “This Is Gospel” (February 4) (*)
Label: Roadrunner
This trio is currently on tour in support of their Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! album, a #2 on the Billboard 200. While “Miss Jackson” keeps up its run on the CHR airwaves just inside the top 50, the group is moving onto “Gospel”, which charted as a promotional single last summer. A video was also commissioned for it.

"Young" at chart.

“Young” at chart.

BRETT DENNEN – “When We Were Young” (February 11) (**)
Label: F-Stop/Atlantic
For those folks who enjoy folk music, 34-year-old Dennen is still promoting his album released last year, Smoke and Mirrors, which produced a #6 AAA hit in “Wild Child” in November. His ode to nostalgia has a poppy feel to it with a great set of lyrics. However, my favorite from him is 2008’s “Make You Crazy” with Femi Kuti.

Abracadabra, it's a hit.

Abracadabra, it’s a hit.

MAGIC MAN – “Paris” (February 11) (*)
Label: Columbia
I’m proud to say that these five guys and gals are a local act, originally from Boston, MA. Their debut EP, You Are Here, was released back in September. The song is currently just below the top 40 at Alternative and a handful of adds may raise it higher during the month. Their dreamy synth-heavy sound is worth more play.

This "No" is a yes.

This “No” is a yes.

CHET FAKER – “No Diggity” (February 25) (**)
Label: Downtown
Yes, that would be a hot Blackstreet cover that’s all sorts of groovy and particularly unique. Last year around this time, Faker’s remake was featured in a beer commercial during the Super Bowl, but it was never serviced for airplay despite the large placement. 12 months later, can the record actually do anything? I sure hope so.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: GRAMMY Winners + What’s New In Stores This Week (January 28)

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Play that Punky music.

Music’s Biggest Night gave us some amazing performances and some huge winners racking up the Awards, but let’s not forget, we do have a few albums and singles keeping things fresh this week. Here are all the big GRAMMY surges and new releases you need to know about for January 28:

  • ALBUM / RECORD OF THE YEAR: Daft Punk took home five statutes last night, the most of any act there. Two were for the #2 hit “Get Lucky” (iTunes), featuring Pharrell Williams, including Record Of The Year, while parent album Random Access Memories (iTunes) accumulated the other three, including Album Of The Year.
  • SONG OF THE YEAR: 17-year-old Lorde beat out a lot of musical heavyweights for this year’s Song Of The Year, “Royals” (iTunes). The multi-format #1 song was also a winner for Best Solo Pop Performance and comes from album Pure Heroine (iTunes).
  • BEST NEW ARTIST: In addition to their win in the Big Four, duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also took three out of the four Rap categories, including Rap Performance and Song for “Thrift Shop” (iTunes), featuring Wanz, and Best Rap Album for The Heist (iTunes). They’ll certainly be able to buy some more new threads soon.
  • Other records reacting well to last night’s show include: Beyoncé‘s self-titled effort (iTunes), Bruno Mars‘s Unorthodox Jukebox (iTunes), Imagine Dragons‘s Night Visions (iTunes) and Kacey Musgraves‘s Same Trailer Different Park (iTunes). Of course, you can also download the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album (iTunes), featuring a nice selection of songs from all different genres.
  • Of this week’s selections, you can check out Casting Crowns‘s Thrive (iTunes), Dave Barnes‘s Golden Days (iTunes), David Crosby‘s Croz (iTunes), Of Mice And Men‘s Restoring Force (iTunes), Red Dragon Cartel‘s self-titled album (iTunes) and Smith & Myers (from Shinedown)’s Acoustic Sessions (EP) (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Find You”, a collaboration between Zedd and vocalists Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant. (iTunes)
  • “Girls”, a new single from Jennifer Lopez. (iTunes)
  • “Into The Blue”, the first single from Kylie Minogue‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Invisible”, the first single from Hunter Hayes‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “I Want It All”, the latest from swag pop duo Karmin. (iTunes)
  • “MMM Yeah”, a new track from teen singer Austin Mahone and rapper Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “Radioactive”, a big hit from Imagine Dragons in a new remix with Kendrick Lamar following their GRAMMY performance. (iTunes)

Next week, we’ll look at new albums from Toni Braxton & Babyface, Broken Bells, Eric Paslay and more. See you in seven!

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for The Big Four

Gram bam, thank you, ma'am.

Gram bam, thank you, ma’am.

It’s finally here… the week before the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, January 26 at 8PM Eastern on CBS. This week on POP! Goes The Charts, we’ll be taking a look at nearly half the categories on the list and laying out who I think will taking home a prize or two or five (maybe!) on the big day.

As you may remember, I did my predictions for who was going to be nominated for the Big Four way back in October. As it turns out, I wasn’t 100% right, not that I was expecting to be. (For the record, I wasn’t 100% wrong either.) So, for the final GRAMMY Week post, let’s deal with the actual nominations and see who I think will be taking home the night’s top prizes at the big show!

(For a full list of nominations, check it out on GRAMMY.com along with more interactive features. You can also order the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album, from Atlantic Records.)

1. RECORD OF THE YEAR

“Get Lucky”, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons
Alex Da Kid, producer; Manny Marroquin & Josh Mosser, engineers/mixers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer

“Royals”, Lorde
Joel Little, producer; Joel Little, engineer/mixer; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer

“Locked Out Of Heaven”, Bruno Mars
Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Mark Ronson & The Smeezingtons, producers; Alalal, Josh Blair, Wayne Gordon, Ari Levine, Manny Marroquin & Mark Ronson, engineers/mixers; David Kutch, mastering engineer

“Blurred Lines”, Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Pharrell, producer; Andrew Coleman & Tony Maserati, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

PREDICTION: I think the general consensus is that “Blurred Lines” has the best shot of winning this category. It was the biggest song of last year and gave Robin Thicke his biggest hit ever on the charts. However, I’m more inclined to think that “Get Lucky” is going to take this category and give Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers a big thrill. It was a slick and catchy summer hit and makes the French duo and American producer/singer my big winners of the night.

2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, producers; Jeremy Darby, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams & Pharrell Williams, featured artists; Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityKendrick Lamar
Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock, Jay Z, MC Eiht & Anna Wise, featured artists; DJ Dahi, Hit-Boy, Skhye Hutch, Just Blaze, Like, Terrace Martin, Dawaun Parker, Pharrell, Rahki, Scoop DeVille, Sounwave, Jack Splash, Tabu, Tha Bizness, THC & T-Minus, producers; Derek Ali, Dee Brown, Andrew Coleman, Dr. Dre, James Hunt, Mauricio ‘Veto”” Iragorri, Mike Larson, Jared Scott, Jack Splash & Andrew Wright, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi & Brian ‘Big Bass”” Gardner, mastering engineers

The HeistMacklemore & Ryan Lewis
Ab-Soul, Ben Bridwell, Ray Dalton, Eighty4 Fly, Hollis, Mary Lambert, Baffalo Madonna, Evan Roman, Schoolboy Q, Allen Stone, The Teaching & Wanz, featured artists; Ryan Lewis, producer; Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Amos Miller, Reed Ruddy & Pete Stewart, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Brian Gardner, mastering engineers

Red, Taylor Swift
Gary Lightbody & Ed Sheeran, featured artists; Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker & Dan Wilson, producers; Joe Baldridge, Sam Bell, Matt Bishop, Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Tyler Johnson, Jacknife Lee, Steve Marcantonio, Manny Marroquin, Justin Niebank, John Rausch, Eric Robinson, Pawel Sek, Jake Sinclair, Mark “”Spike”” Stent & Andy Thompson, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Hank Williams, mastering engineers

PREDICTION: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s name has been tossed around a bit for the win here, but I’m not sure if the whole effort appeals to the committee. (I do think Best New Artist is theirs, however.) The most successful both on the Billboard 200 and on my own personal chart is Taylor Swift‘s Red, which I’m pegging as the winner. She may have won four years ago for Fearless, but she’s certainly grown since then, and scored major pop and country hits from this album.

3. SONG OF THE YEAR

“Just Give Me A Reason”, Pink featuring Nate Ruess
Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters

“Locked Out Of Heaven”, Bruno Mars
Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters

“Roar”, Katy Perry
Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters

“Royals”, Lorde
Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Same Love”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters

PREDICTION: Much like the huge Gotye and Kimbra duet of last year’s ceremony, “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Pink and Nate Ruess seems like a strong enough team to pull off double duty at this year’s show with Song of the Year, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Just Give Me A Reason”. Bruno Mars and Lorde will certainly stand their ground against the beautiful ballad, but “Reason” is such a timeless record that it will sway a lot of voters to get on its side.

4. BEST NEW ARTIST

James Blake (Day In The Life)
Kendrick Lamar (Day In The Life)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (DITL video not available) (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Kacey Musgraves (Day In The Life)
Ed Sheeran (Day In The Life)

PREDICTION: This year’s pack, as many people have stated, is out of whack; what can you do? Of the five, the easiest choice for me is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who have four solid hits now and will likely produce a big second album. Ed Sheeran will too, but he would’ve made sense as a winner last year. Kacey Musgraves and Kendrick Lamar likely don’t stand a chance; however, James Blake could always be the Esperanza Spalding of this year. You never know!
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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for Dance/Pop Fields

Gram bam, thank you, ma'am.

Gram bam, thank you, ma’am.

It’s finally here… the week before the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, January 26 at 8PM Eastern on CBS. This week on POP! Goes The Charts, we’ll be taking a look at nearly half the categories on the list and laying out who I think will taking home a prize or two or five (maybe!) on the big day. Let’s go for the Dance and Pop fields, shall we?

(For a full list of nominations, check it out on GRAMMY.com along with more interactive features. You can also order the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album, from Atlantic Records.)

5. Best Pop Solo Performance

Brave”, Sara Bareilles
“Royals”, Lorde (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“When I Was Your Man”, Bruno Mars
“Roar”, Katy Perry
“Mirrors”, Justin Timberlake

PREDICTION: Difficult decision right here. “Brave” and “Roar” will probably cancel each other out (if only Bareilles and Perry would do a medley on GRAMMY night!) A safer choice would be Bruno Mars‘s “When I Was Your Man”; it’s a classic ballad.

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Get Lucky”, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Just Give Me A Reason”, Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay”, Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines”, Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
“Suit & Tie”, Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z

PREDICTION: This is tough too. Looks like we’re going to have another year where the winner of this category also wins one of the Big Four, whether it’s “Blurred Lines”, “Get Lucky” or “Just Give Me A Reason”. I’m going with the Pink and Nate Ruess duet.

7. Best Pop Instrumental Album

Steppin’ Out, Herb Alpert (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
The Beat, Boney James
Handpicked, Earl Klugh
Summer Horns, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair & Richard Elliot
Hacienda, Jeff Lorber Fusion

PREDICTION: Again, this isn’t my best area of expertise, but I know a lot of these names from the occasional look at the Jazz survey. A version of “Puttin’ On The Ritz” from Alpert’s album just got serviced to AC radio; it could be a sign that this this one is his.

8. Best Pop Vocal Album

ParadiseLana Del Rey
Pure HeroineLorde
Unorthodox JukeboxBruno Mars (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke
The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience, Justin Timberlake

PREDICTION: Believe it or not, this is the only category in which Justin Timberlake‘s album is nominated for. Is that some major shade on the Academy’s part? Yet, the biggest album of last year has to win something, right? It would only seem fair to me.

9. Best Dance Recording

“Need U (100%)”Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK
Adam Dyment & Tommy Forrest, producers and mixers

“Sweet Nothing”, Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
Harris, producer and mixer

“Atmosphere”, Kaskade
Finn Bjarnson & Ryan Raddon, producers; Raddon, mixer

“This Is What It Feels Like”, Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie
Armin Van Buuren & Benno De Goeij, producers and mixers

“Clarity”, Zedd featuring Foxes
Zedd, producer and mixer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: With no Skrillex in the mix (and no Al Wasser, thank God), this category is probably going to go back to one of the bigger hits of the bunch, most likely “Clarity” or “Sweet Nothing”. Of the two, I prefer the Calvin Harris and Florence Welch song.

10. Best Dance/Electronica Album

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
SettleDisclosure
18 MonthsCalvin Harris
AtmosphereKaskade
A Color Map Of The SunPretty Lights

PREDICTION: There was no bigger Dance album in 2013 than Random Access Memories. Daft Punk didn’t just get lucky; they knocked it out of the park. The critical acclaim of Disclosure will keep it in the running, but the French duo will likely take it.

11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Viva DuetsTony Bennett and Various Artists
To Be Loved, Michael Bublé (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
The StandardsGloria Estefan
Cee Lo’s Magic MomentCee Lo Green
NowDionne Warwick

PREDICTION: This category is usually a two horse race between Bennett and Bublé, and because the Canadian crooner didn’t win last year for his Christmas album, I think Michael Bublé is overdue for yet another win here. “It’s A Beautiful Day” indeed.

67. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Annie UpPistol Annies
Chuck Ainlay, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

The Blue RoomMadeleine Peyroux
Helik Hadar & Leslie Ann Jones, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer

The Devil Put Dinosaurs HereAlice In Chains
Paul Figueroa & Randy Staub, engineers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer

…Like ClockworkQueens Of The Stone Age
Joe Barresi & Mark Rankin, engineers; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer

The MooringsAndrew Duhon
Trina Shoemaker, engineer; Eric Conn, mastering engineer

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: I don’t know a ton about this category, but the winners in past years have been a real mix of commercial releases and some lesser-known works. Though I’m placing Daft Punk for the win here, it could essentially be any one of these six.

68. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: I love Rob Cavallo and would be thrilled to see him win this category, but 2013 was clearly the year of Pharrell Williams, both as a producer and singer, and he’s very much deserving of this honor. Tell Dr. Luke to go back to medical school.

69. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

“Days Turn Into Nights”, Delerium featuring Michael Logen
Andy Caldwell, remixer

“If I Lose Myself”, OneRepublic
Alesso, remixer

“Locked Out Of Heaven”, Bruno Mars
Ned Shepard & Sultan, remixers

“One Love/People Get Ready”, Bob Marley and The Wailers
Rupert Parkes (Photek), remixer

“Summertime Sadness”, Lana Del Rey
Cedric Gervais, remixer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: Long after Lana Del Rey had been written off in the U.S., Interscope’s push of the Cedric Gervais remix of “Summertime Sadness” launched her at radio, selling over 2 million copies with all versions combined. Not so sad anymore, huh?
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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 20-11

They're here...

Packing on the pop hits.

Single bells, single bells, singles all the way! Oh, what fun is to rank all my favorites from the past 365 days. You’ve seen the songs from 100-21 so far, and now, the numbers keep on getting smaller as we take a ride into the top 20. It’s the cream of the pop as we head towards the top. All the big songs are here, but we’ve got a “Ways To Go” before we stumble upon that #1 position. Get ready to “Cruise” until the countdown is “Gone, Gone, Gone”, but don’t get “Carried Away” now: there are plenty of awesome tunes in this section that just missed going a little bit higher, So, let’s go!

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

We start off this section with the performer who has my favorite album of the year, Where Does This Door Go? Turn the key and we find…

Is he your "Favorite"?

020. Mayer Hawthorne – “Her Favorite Song” (#2)
Writers: Andrew Cohen, Warren “Oak” Felder / Producers: Cohen, Felder, Steve “Ace” Mostyn

2013 was the year that this Detroit singer (bow wow) wowed me with his music; “Her” quickly climbed to a peak of #2, spending three weeks there. It features background vocals from Jessie Ware, who charted with “Wildest Moments” (#19).

Related Posts: Album Review of Where Does This Door Go? (July 8, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

This chart has taken control of them.

019. Maroon 5 – “Daylight” (#3)
Writers: Adam Levine, Mason Levy, Max Martin and Sam Martin / Producers: Levine, Martin and MdL

This is the highest showing for the California band this year, who once had my #1 song of the year back in 2004 with a nine-week #1, “This Love”. “Daylight” climbed as high as #3, their second-biggest single this era behind another #1, “Payphone”.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Passion Pit

018. Passion Pit – “Carried Away” (#4)
Writer: Michael Angelakos / Producer: Angelakos, Chris Zane

The former quintet and now quartet originally from Cambridge, MA scored their biggest hit to date on my chart with this bouncy number, reaching #4 for two frames. That’s far better than previous single “Take A Walk”, which only went to #26.

It suits him well.

017. Justin Timberlake – “Suit & Tie” (#2)
Writers/Producers: Writers: James Fauntleroy, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, Justin Timberlake, Sly, Slick and Wicked (Charles Still, Terrence Stubbs, Johnny Wilson) for sample of “Sho’Nuff” / Producers: Harmon, Mosley, Timberlake

Dressing fashionably fierce for his return to the music scene, Timberlake not only looked the part but sounded it too. “Suit & Tie” took a soulful strut up the survey to #2 for two weeks and tumbled just as quickly as it rose. Go ‘head, be gone with it.

Related Posts: Single Review (January 13, 2013), Album Review of The 20/20 Experience – Part One (March 13, 2013)
**Second of three songs in the top 100

Ready, set, "Go".

016. Grouplove – “Ways To Go” (#5)
Writers: Grouplove (Sean Gadd, Hannah Hooper, Ryan Rabin, Andrew Wessen and Christian Zucconi) / Producer: Rabin

There was no other way to go but up for this quintet’s second hit, which peaked at #5 and stayed in the top 40 for nearly half a year. It’s the biggest single in the top 20 to not break the top 3. Followup release “Shark Attack” is currently climbing.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (June 10, 2013), Album Review of Spreading Rumours (September 10, 2013)

A girl in "Trouble" is a temporary thing.

015. Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble.” (#3)
Writers: Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift / Producers: Max Martin, Shellback

From the two step to dubstep, the once Country singer ditched her roots for a mainstream pop sound on this track, which did big numbers at radio and on the sales charts. Of the four singles to rank from Red, this one remains the most successful.

**Third of three songs in the top 100

He drives himself... crazy.

014. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” (#2)
Writers/Producers: Writers: James Fauntleroy, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, Justin Timberlake / Producers: Harmon, Mosley, Timberlake

Written about the relationship with his wife, Jessica Biel, along with his grandparents, Timberlake’s tender ode to love spent three weeks at #2 on my top 40 this year. Beyond the looking glass, there’s a successful tour continuing for him into 2014.

Related Posts: Album Review of The 20/20 Experience – Part One (March 13, 2013), Something To Reflect On (April 6, 2013)
**Third of three songs in the top 100

Hold the Line. (Crossovers aren't always on time.)

013. Florida-Georgia Line featuring Nelly – “Cruise” (#3)
Writers: Cornell Haynes, Jr., Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice, Jesse Rice / Producers: Moi, Jason Nevins

Once upon a time, this was just a #1 smash on the Country chart. Then, it took on a second run when remixed with rapper Nelly, becoming a huge crossover success. It was for sure a polarizing single, but I was definitely coming along for the ride.

Related Posts: Cruises and Caskets (February 19, 2013)

A "League" of their own.

012. Fitz & The Tantrums – “Out Of My League” (#2)
Writer: Noelle Scaggs / Producers: Michael Fitzpatrick, Tony Hoffer

The sextet based in Los Angeles started their chart career off right with a #1 for a week for debut single “MoneyGrabber” in 2011. “Out” spent five straight weeks at #2; it was a real heartbreaker. New single “The Walker” may go top ten very soon.

Related Posts: Single Review (February 7, 2013)

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

011. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky” (#2)
Writer: Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams/Producers: Daft Punk

This collaboration didn’t exactly do as its title suggests, and like “Out” at #12, it stalled out in the runner-up spot for five weeks after a quick rise. Still, it was one of the great records that helped relaunch Williams’s career, now stronger than ever.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 14, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100 (both acts)

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Adam’s Top Albums of 2013 — Part Two (10-1)

Part Two is on of this special year-end survey! From pop to rock to dance and everything in-between, I’ve ranked 20 of my favorite albums from 2013 and we’ve just hit the midway point in the countdown.

For this chart, dozens of albums were considered, both those released this year and those released last year that I heard for the first time this year. (I did not compile any sort of albums year-end list in 2012.) About 30-35 made the shortlist, then that was eventually crammed down to the 20 that continues on today.

Of note, I own all ten albums on CD and seven of the ten, including the entire top six positions, on vinyl. Sometimes you have to get physical with these things.

Here they are, my top ten favorite albums of the past year:

Power to the "People".

Red it all before.

10. KELLY CLARKSON – Wrapped In Red
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except for Santa, who was sleighed by the richness of the best holiday release in years. The former American Idol winner is totally in her element on this set, and radio and retail have followed accordingly with a recent Platinum certification for it. If you get a chance, check out the adorable NBC special Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. It’ll get you in the holiday spirit.

Top Tracks: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “Please Come Home For Christmas”, “Underneath The Tree”

Play that Punky music.

Play that Punky music.

09. DAFT PUNK – Random Access Memories
Who knew two robots from France could deliver one of this year’s biggest albums? Well, they’re not actually robots, but Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have been dressing up for years. The dance album of the year gave the two far more coverage than at any other point in their career, including a #1 on the Billboard 200. Singles “Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself To Dance” (both with Pharrell Williams) hit my chart and will be appearing on my year-end survey.

Top Tracks: “Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell Williams), “Giorgio By Moroder”, “Give Life Back To Music”

Read up on this "Story".

Memories of the way they were…

08. ONE DIRECTION – Midnight Memories (PGTC Review)
Their songs are all over the radio and television and if you weren’t bopping along to the latest from the quintet, then you’re in de-Niall. Their third studio album was an overwhelming success and helped the guys evolve from the boy band sound into their own. Kudos to writers like Ed Drewett and Jamie Scott and producers Julian Benetta and John Ryan on a well-crafted effort. Growing on their solid pop base into the realms of folk and hard rock, there’s something for everyone.

Top Tracks: “Midnight Memories”, “Story Of My Life”, “Through The Dark”

Blame it on the "Girls".

Blame it on the “Girls”.

07. THE 1975 – The 1975
Here’s another act from England who have been playing together for over a decade, but 2013 became their breakout year. Besides the two instant singles, “Chocolate” and “Girls”, I’ll admit that the band’s album took some extra time to grow on me, but when I came around to it, something just clicked. A glistening collection of indie rock and bright 80’s pop, the hooks are big and the sound is tight. It’s a brilliant debut LP, but one that won’t get nearly as much attention as it should.

Top Tracks: “Girls”, “Heart Out”, “She Way Out”

Ready, set, "Go".

Spreading their songs around the globe.

06. GROUPLOVE – Spreading Rumours (PGTC Review)
I’d been anticipating this album since May when I posted this article about the group’s new material coming, which attracted their manager, Nicky Berger, and now we’re only Twitter amigos, people. (Not that that counts for much in the real world, but he’s a good guy.) It’s fortunate as well that the band’s album is a great listen, much stronger than their debut release and a bit more dance and pop-driven. You’ll be seeing single “Ways To Go” in a good spot on my Top 100 of 2013.

Top Tracks: “Raspberry”, “Shark Attack”, “Ways To Go”

It suits him well.

It suits him well.

05. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – The 20/20 Experience, Part 1 (PGTC Review)
The myth of Timberlake ever releasing an album again carried on for years, but during the year, he finally issued not one, but two albums within the same calendar year. He sure spoiled us, huh? Sort of. While the second half of the The 20/20 Experience had its fine moments, it was a disappointment when compared to Part 1. With shades of Al Green, Michael Jackson and Prince, his homage to the heart of 1970’s and 80’s R&B brought him back to the top spot in a gigantic way.

Top Tracks: “Let The Groove Get In”, “Mirrors”, “Pusher Love Girl”, “Tunnel Vision”

A "League" of their own.

A “League” of their own.

04. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – More Than Just A Dream
The six piece act originally from Los Angeles already had history on my chart when they went to #1 for a week with “MoneyGrabber” in 2011. While their debut album focused on the more traditional elements of jazz and soul, More Than Just A Dream twisted them up into a new wave and indie pop sound that gave them a new energy and focus. It’s also helped them commercially, giving the band their first #1 on Alternative radio, “Out Of My League”. It was a Dream turned reality.

Top Tracks: “6AM”, “Fools Gold”, “Out Of My League”, “The Walker”

History in the making.

Not so Bad; in fact, it’s great.

03. BASTILLE – Bad Blood
If you’re a fan of the dramatic yet elegant side of pop, this group’s the right one for you. Though their first two singles underperformed, Virgin Records issued “Pompeii” in February 2013 and the rest was history, or rather, history in the making. Not only did it hit #2 in the United Kingdom, but it also topped my personal chart for two weeks. It’s just one of the highlights on this collection, marked by the haunting but beautiful voice of leader Dan Smith and the group’s powerful productions. It’s a little Tears For Fears, a little Twin Peaks and a whole lot of greatness. Try to break free from its grip.

Top Tracks: “Daniel In The Dan”, “Flaws”, “Icarus”, “Laura Palmer” and “Pompeii” (and “Of The Night” on the rerelease, All This Bad Blood)

It's not easy being green.

Mike check, 1, 2.

02. PASSENGER – All The Little Lights
29-year-old singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg has been all over my blog and my chart for the past nine months, so I guess it’s no surprise that you’ll see him three times on my Top 100 of 2013. Though this album originally came out in August of last year, I didn’t hear it for the first time until April of this year, and let’s be honest, the list wouldn’t be complete without it. The twelve songs on All The Little Lights are wonderfully crafted and run the spectrum from mellow pop to country and bluesy rock, paired with Rosenberg’s witty lyrics and dry, in-the-moment accounts of his surroundings. Sometimes it comes off as depressing, and other times, there’s some good fun in it, but in the end, it’s a very fulfilling album to listen to.

Top Tracks: “Holes”, “I Hate (Live)”, “Let Her Go”, “Life’s For The Living”, “The Wrong Direction”, “Things That Stop You Dreaming”

Is he your "Favorite"?

Is he your “Favorite”? ‘Cause he’s mine.

01. MAYER HAWTHORNE – Where Does This Door Go? (PGTC Review)
In 2011, a pair of singles from Hawthorne’s How Do You Do album, “No Strings” and “The Walk”, popped up in my music collection, but were short-lived blips on the radar. Although it wasn’t much, it did give me some familiarity leading into this record, which captured my attention almost instantaneously. Where Does This Door Go? is literally jam after jam, influenced by legends like Boz Scaggs, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Steely Dan and more. Quite frankly, it’s a genius release, so crisp and so inspired than anything else I heard this year. There’s a soul to the music and a swagger to the singer, which makes the experience all the more delightful. With a clear direction matched with a sizzling set of tracks, Hawthorne has more than earned the #1 spot on my albums list for 2013. I guess where know now where the door went to.

Top Tracks: “Back Seat Lover”, “Crime”, “Her Favorite Song”, “Reach Out Richard”, “The Innocent”, “The Stars Are Ours” (but really, the whole album!)

Agree with my picks? Totally disagree? Did I miss something on my list? Sound off! Comment below or find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the “Get Social!” tab. See you for the Top 100 of 2013 beginning on Sunday!

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